Turkey helping PA draft lawsuit against Israel over Gaza 'massacre'
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Amid a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey, the latter’s foreign minister said on Thursday that Turkey is helping the Palestinian Authority prepare a lawsuit against Israel for “massacring” Palestinians in Monday’s clashes at the Gaza border.
“Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this,” Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with TRT, a Turkish state media.
Monday’s massive 35,000-person protest in Gaza left more than 60 Palestinians dead and over 2,400 injured.
The row between Israel and Turkey began Monday when Turkey’s President Erdoğan called Israel a ‘terror state’, referring to what Israel did in Gaza as a ‘genocide.’ Turkey then recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Israel, and expelled the Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Eitan Na’eh.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu responded to Erdoğan’s comments, stating that the Turkish leader was involved in ‘terrorism and slaughter.’
“A man who sends thousands of Turkish soldiers to maintain the occupation of Northern Cyprus and invades Syria will preach to us as we defend ourselves from infiltration attempt by Hamas,” Netanyahu said, in a statement.
Yair Netanyahu, the son of the Israeli prime minister, added fuel to the fire on Wednesday after he shared a story on Instagram which said “F*** Turkey," with the 'C' stylized as the crescent and star symbol of Islam.
Cavusoglu told Turkey’s Hurriyet daily that an international commission should investigate the killings in Gaza, and that “We are analyzing what kind of legal steps can be taken. Israel should account for its actions.”
Defending the Israeli army’s conduct at the Gaza border, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed Tuesday that more than a third of the people who participated in clashes along the Gaza-Israel border had a ‘documented terror background.”
“Following IDF and ISA inquiries, it appears that at least 24 terrorists with documented terror background were killed during the violent riots along the border between Israel and Gaza,” the IDF wrote, in a statement.
“Most are active operatives of the Hamas terror organization, and some are active operatives of the Islamic Jihad.
Many UN officials were critical of Israel and its actions in Gaza. The office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an independent inquiry into the situation in Gaza, specifically calling out Israel for “appalling, deadly violence in Gaza.”
“The rules on the use of force under international law have been repeated many times but appear to have been ignored again and again,” a statement from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
A day before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was to meet to discuss the series of violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman Thursday called for Israel and the US to withdraw from the UNHRC, a panel of which Israel is not currently a member.
“Israel is facing a double assault,” Liberman said, in a statement. “The terror assault from Gaza and a hypocritical assault led by the UN Human Rights Council. All the condemnations are intended to prevent Israel from defending itself. They won’t succeed.”
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hahaha. the useless nations human rights council that is filled with the worst abusers on the planet. this will again mean nothing.